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ASUS preps quad-core Transformer Prime, Padfone for 2012

updated 10:15 pm EDT, Wed October 19, 2011

ASUS Transformer Prime official Nov 9 with Tegra 3

ASUS CEO Jonney Shih took the stage at the AsiaD conference to tease the Transformer Prime, its sequel to its relatively hot-selling Eee Pad Transformer tablet. The 10-inch slate should be the first major tablet, if not tablet of any kind, to ship with NVIDIA's Tegra 3. The chip is considered the first real quad-core mobile processor and technically has a fifth core to handle low-level tasks.

Moving to the newer chip, as well as ASUS experience and competition with the iPad 2, has slimmed it down dramatically versus the original. The tablet itself now measures 8.3mm (0.33in) thick, and its signature notebook add-on is both much thinner and reminiscent of the Zenbook's MacBook Air-like design. ASUS claims a longer 14.5-hour battery, although that's most likely with the extra battery of the dock. Mini HDMI, an SD card slot, and USB give it full expansion.

More details of the Transformer Prime are due November 9. ASUS has already hinted that it would raise its baseline and set a $499 price.

At the same event, Shih also said the Padfone wouldn't show until early 2012. When it did, the unusual tablet and phone combination would most likely carry Android 4.0.

The existing Eee Pad Transformer, Eee Pad Slider, and MeMo should get Android 4.0 before the end of the year.

An unveiling of the Transformer Prime would come just seven months after the original and makes ASUS one of the more aggressive competitors in tablets. While it like most other Android tablet designers has struggled to get any traction versus the iPad, it has been one of the few successful for its size, shipping several hundred thousand a quarter. Unlike Acer, which has repeatedly hoped the iPad would go away and downplayed tablets, ASUS was quick to seize on them and unveiled several in January, although those it showed have taken several months to arrive. [via This is my next]

by MacNN Staff



  1. chas_m



    "relatively hot-selling"

    My favourite new phrase of the week.

  1. global.philosopher

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Is it a pad?......or is it a phone......?

    Its PADPHONE!!!

  1. iphonerulez

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I had wondered why Apple was

    moving ahead with the iPad 3 and putting it into early production. It may be seen as a proactive move against this quad-core tablet. I'm surprised that these Android vendors continue to sink money into tablet production when they don't seem to get anything back. Asustech has taken a bit of a financial beating over the last year or so and now they're still taking a risk with their tablets. Apple needs to punish these guys quickly with the A6 processor which should match up nicely against the Tegra 3. I hope this tablet comes well after the holidays and that will allow Apple to grab a slightly bigger lead in the tablet market.

  1. Paul Huang

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Dang! Why doesn't the stallion...

    Why can't the stallion get the mares pregnant? Let me transplant two more testicles into the stallion and see if he would work harder.

  1. global.philosopher

    Joined: Dec 1969


    The quad-core is important...

    imagine how fast those angry birds will fly now.

    Most people will be happy with playing Infinity Blade on the iPad2 and leave Angry Birds with all its iterations to the geeks who need four core processors.

  1. global.philosopher

    Joined: Dec 1969


    They don;t get it....

    Apple looks at a device from a consumer perspective. They look at what people want to do and then design for it. No matter how fast your processor is, a movie is designed to run a certain speed. Games are the same. There is no point having hardware that outperforms the desirable speed of a game. Sure, processor power means you can have extra fluff on the screen but it really doesn't add to game play...just like the extra s*** that Lucas puts into his films only detracts from the true story line. At the moment, the game software and battery power does not accomodate the need for faster processors. Android tablets lack the Apps to take advantage of 4, 8, 16, 32 core processors but that is all ASUS, et al have to peddle their products so they will ham it up as though it is important forgetting that it is only truely draining all important battery (the blood of a tablet so to speak).

    I like the picture of Mossberg...he looks like he is trying to figure out what the h*** is menat to be impressive about this product.

  1. MChieh

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Transformer Prime?!

    Geez, Asus, stop naming your products after a cartoon. =P

  1. facebook_Robert

    Via Facebook

    Joined: Oct 2011


    You all don't get it

    What you all don't get is Apple's marketshare is steadily eroding in tablets - and that's with a fairly bad competition. I mean the collective android response has been horrible. They couldn't have misplayed their hand worse.

    Now, we have Amazon, now thanks to a free market and wide ranging competition some of the stronger players are making their second move, with stronger products.

    It's looking good for Android.

    With that said - Apple's tablet OS is still better, Google has not proven themselves as a great maker of OS's. They have some good apps - they are great at search, they don't quite get it with the OS - but they keep getting better anyway. Android 4.0 is not the answer, but it is incrementally better than Android 3.2

    Look - Apple's marketshare will continue to erode. They might have an answer in an iPad mini - but, Apple has failed to release that device for so long now, no point in speculating about it. It'll arrrive or not. If it does, we'll talk about it.

  1. Bobfozz

    Joined: Dec 1969


    PC Specs

    This is what was going on in the 90s wars. Ever PC magazines talked about 3 things: speed, databases, and spreadsheets. It was really, really boring. Now they have dropped the last two and they are back to speed. The dumb asses of today don't know about the dumb asses of yesteryear. With Apple it is about profit not market share for all you guys who keep saying Apple doesn't get it. It's about the $$$ not the pennies.

  1. chippie

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Let's Not Forget The ipad2

    missed it's sales target last quarter. Further, countries where there is a local tablet maker tend to bias in favor of that manufacturer. In France many companies give employees Archos Tablets. The real failure of
    the big Android tablet makers who have given up is that they see one million sales/shipments in the first year as a failure instead of a start that can be improved upon. What short-sighted idiots!!!!!

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